Department of Sociology

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Jennifer Matsunaga

Ph.D. Candidate  
M.A. (Carleton University) 
B.A. (High Hons.)  (Carleton University) 

Jennifer Matsunaga

Email:  jennifer.matsunaga@queensu.ca 
Phone: (613) 533-6000 ext. 77152
Office: D419 Mackintosh-Corry Hall
Website: www.jennifermatsunaga.com 
Supervisor:  Dr. Sarita Srivastava

Research Interests

My doctoral research is about the kinds of knowledge that are produced about a particular form of persecution known as historical injustice and its survivors. I critically examine the information that Canada collects, circulates, analyses, and stores through application processes developed to compensate those persecuted through specific targeted and racist policies. Under the working title Truth, Settlement, and Reconciliation in Canada: Governing historical injustice thought compensation processes, I analyse what compensation processes disclose about limits and possibilities of contemporary efforts to repair the past.

Broad interests:

  • Theories of violence, persecution and genocide; Historical and Transitional justice; Reparations movements
  • Political Sociology; Sociology of organizations; Westminster systems of government; settler states
  • Social & historical implications of memory and disclosure devices

Cases studied:

  • Japanese Canadian Redress Settlement Agreement – Compensation program (PhD research)
  • Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement – Common Experience Payment (PhD research)
  • Japanese Canadian redress movements of the 1940s and the 1980s (M.A. research)

    Education

    • PhD Candidate - (2011-Present), Sociology, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada – Working thesis title: Truth, Settlement, and Reconciliation in Canada: Governing historical injustice thought compensation processes.
    • MA Sociology - (2011), Carleton University, Ontario, Canada – Thesis title: Publics in the Making: A Genealogical Inquiry into the Discursive Publics of Japanese Canadian Redress.
    • BA (High Honours) Sociology - (2009), Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

    Academic Honours, Awards, Scholarships & Grants

    • 2015-2016​ - Ontario  Graduate Scholarship. Merit-based scholarship awarded to graduate students in all graduate disciplines in Ontario Universities.
    • 2014-2015 - Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Merit-based scholarship awarded to graduate students in all graduate disciplines in Ontario Universities.
    • 2013-2014 - Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Merit-based scholarship awarded to graduate students in all graduate disciplines in Ontario Universities.
    • January 2013 - Institutional Nomination for the Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship (One of eight Candidates nominated by Queen’s University)
    • 2012-2013 - R. Samuel McLaughlin Fellowship. Awarded to first class graduate students in all fields.
    • 2012-2013 - Queen’s Graduate Award. Awarded by the Department to eligible students in all fields.
    • 2012-2013 - Robert W. & Ann C. Southam Memorial Scholarship. Awarded to students in any faculty on the basis of academic achievement, extracurricular activity, and demonstrated proficiency in writing on any Canadian issue.
    • 2011-2012 - Queen’s Graduate Award. Awarded by the Department to eligible students in all fields.
    • May 2011 - Travel Grant. Canadian Sociological Association
    • January 2011 - Carleton University Award.
    • 2010-2011 - Carleton University Graduate Award. Awarded by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology

    Teaching Experience

    Teaching Assistant

    • Central Concepts in Sociological Theory – September 2015 to December 2015 (Professor Martin Hand, Department of Sociology, Queen’s University)
    • Theorizing Contemporary Society – January 2015 to April 2015 (Professor Martin Hand, Department of Sociology)
    • Central Concepts in Sociological Theory – September 2014 to December 2014 (Professor Rob Beamish, Department of Sociology, Queen’s University)
    • Race and Racialization – January 2014 to April 2014 (Professor Cynthia Levine-Rasky, Department of Sociology, Queen’s University)
    • Sociology of Information and Communication Technologies – September 2013 to December 2013 (Professor Martin Hand, Department of Sociology, Queen’s University)
    • Sociology of Information and Communication Technologies – September 2012 to December 2012 (Professor Martin Hand, Department of Sociology, Queen’s University)
    • Race and Ethnic Relations – September 2011 to April 2012 (Professor Cynthia Levine-Rasky, Department of Sociology, Queen’s University)
    • Research Methodology –September 2011 to December 2011 (Professor Cynthia Levine-Rasky, Department of Sociology, Queen’s University)
    • Introduction to Sociology II – January 2011 to April 2011 (Instructor: Christian Caron, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University)
    • Introduction to Sociology – September 2010 to December 2010 (Instructor: Christian Caron, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University)
    • Introduction to Sociology II – January 2010 to April 2010 (Instructor: Michael Graydon, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University)
    • Introduction to Anthropology – September 2009 to December 2009 (Professor Pauline Aucoin, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University)

    Conference Papers & Presentations

    • June 2015. “OCAP and residential school survivors? An exploratory paper on the importance of inquiring into the storage and handling of survivor data.” Invited panelist at the 2015 Canadian Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Ottawa, ON.
    • May 2014. “Speak the truth, but not to each other: Unsettling truth-telling about internment camps and residential schools.” Invited panelist at the 2014 Canadian Sociological Association Annual Meeting, St. Catharines, ON.
    • September 2013. “Reflections on Japanese Canadian redress and the Idle No More Movement.” Invited speaker for The Politics of Redress Symposium, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.
    • November 2012. “Contested Truths and Historical Injustice: How silence gives way to voice.” Invited guest speaker for course HUMR4201: Citizenship and Human Rights. Professor Rebecca Schein, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON.
    • April 2012. “Dangerous Words and Coyote Stories: Exploring Settler Truth-telling as Parrhesia”.  Presented at Department of Sociology Annual Student Symposium, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON.
    • May 2011. “W(Right)ing Injustice: Publics, publicity and publicizing redress”. Presented at the 2011 Canadian Sociological Association’s Annual Meeting, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Fredericton, NB.
    • April 2011. “Redress as Social Justice”. Paper presented at University of Ottawa “Critical Perspectives Criminology and Social Justice Conference”, Ottawa, ON.
    • March 2011. “W/Right/ing Injustice: Publics, Publicity and Publicizing Redress”. Presented at joint Trent University and Carleton University conference titled “Behind policy, beyond rhetoric: Reconstructing the Canadian Public from the Margins”, Ottawa, ON.
    • February 2010. “Seeking Justice, Reconciling the Past: The government of Redress in Canada”. Presented at the annual Works In Progress Conference, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON.

    Service, Leadership and Community Involvement

    • 2014 to present: Co-chair and liaison with Canadian Sociological Association for the Indigenous-Settler Relations and Decolonization Research Cluster;
    • 2014 to present: Community Council representative on the SSHRC Partnership Grant funded project “Landscapes of Injustice”. Principle investigator: Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross.
    • October 2014 to present: Past president, Ottawa Japanese Community Association; Human Rights and Social Justice Committee Chair;
    • October 2012 to 2014: President, Ottawa Japanese Community Association;
    • February 2014: Nominated and selected as one of five Japanese Canadian Leadership delegates to Tokyo by the Embassy of Japan in Canada;
    • 2011 to present: Member of the National Association of Japanese Canadians – Human Rights Committee;
    • 2011 to September 2012: Membership Chair and Board Member of the Ottawa Japanese Community Association, Ottawa, ON;
    • 2011 to present: Member, Equity Committee, Department of Sociology, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON;
    • 2011 to present: Graduate Student Representative to the Sociology Departmental Committee, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON;
    • January 2012 to April 2012: Member, Graduate Student’s Symposium Planning Committee, Department of Sociology, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON;
    • 2010-2011: Publicity and Organizing, 

    Professional Memberships

    • Member: Canadian Sociological Association